Today I learned that right thinking is a vital necessity. A vital necessity is something that is so important that on simply cannot live without it. Proverbs 23:7 states, “For as he thinks within himself, so he is”. I cannot have a positive life and a negative mind. Matthew 12:33 says, “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit”. Thoughts bear fruit. If I spend all my time thinking bad thoughts, then my life will bear bad fruit. However, if I spend my time thinking good thoughts, my life will bear good fruit. I need to train myself to think and meditate on God’s word which is one of the weapons to fight this battle. I need to pray for God’s help in training myself because I cannot do it by determination alone. I need God’s help.
A few things I have learned already from Chapter 1 are that we are engaged in a war, it is a war against Satan, not other people, the mind is the battlefield upon which this war is waged, the devil works diligently to set up strongholds in our minds, the devil does this through strategy and deceit, and he is in no hurry.
I have started reading The Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer. I should say I am re-reading this book. I read it a few years ago as part of a Bible study group. I feel as if I need a refresher so I am going to be doing it as a study for myself. I will post things I learn here so that anybody who stumbles onto my blog may be helped as I hope to be helped. I struggle with many negative thoughts about me, my abilities, and my worthiness or lack thereof. I must learn to do as II Corinthians 10:5 says and “lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Annointed One), Amplified Bible.